Coco Crisp

Coliseum light failure doesn’t stop A’s small ball attack

The A’s are probably used to quirky issues at the Coliseum at this point. After all, they’ve dealt with everything from sewage flooding to the tarp not being on the field during an overnight rainstorm.

Saturday night, they had to work around a light failure. The left field light tower never turned on because of a circuit breaker outage, which had to be manually reset. All in all, it was a 38-minute delay before the bottom of the fourth inning got under way.

The A’s didn’t provide much power either, but managed a 5-1 win over the Yankees. They kept to the “small ball” formula: walks, bunts, and wild pitches resulting in runs. Take the second inning, when two walks and a hit loaded the bases with two out for Erik Sogard, who knocked in two runs with a single. Or maybe the fifth inning, when Sogard walked, and Coco Crisp laid down a perfect bunt. They both moved up on a past ball, John Jaso knocked in Sogard with a grounder to the right side, and then another past ball scored Crisp. Or the sixth inning, when Craig Gentry led off the inning on a perfect bunt single, and scored all the way from first on a double by Andy Parrino.

On the mound, Scott Kazmir went six innings and didn’t allow an earned run; the one run came on an error by Parrino. His ERA is down to 2.05, which is second in the AL only to the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka.

Straight A’s

— It turns out the lights were off the entire time, but it took until the fourth inning for someone to notice. CSN’s cameras showed the left field light tower not functioning at 7:06 PM, a few minutes before first pitch:

Coliseum lights out

— Lew Wolff was at the game tonight, for you conspiracy theorists. He was also shown wearing what A’s fans complained to be “Yankees colors,” so he promptly made his allegiance clear:

— The crowd at the Coliseum seemed to take the lengthy delay in stride. There were no boos (apparently they only save the boos for Jim Johnson), and there was a big applause when the PA announcer proclaimed there would be “more baseball.” Hey, Bay Area fans are used to this kind of stuff:

It’s also happened twice to the Sharks too: before the home opener in 2007 and before a playoff game this past season. The Bay Area power grid isn’t built for sports, apparently.

— The A’s are in the process of signing a 10-year lease to remain in the Coliseum. At this rate, by 2025, it should resemble the actual Coliseum…

— Back to baseball. Josh Donaldson is really scuffling, and is now riding an 0-for-31 streak after going 0-for-3 tonight. In fact, he was tossed before the eighth inning for arguing with the umpires about the strike zone – he had popped out in foul territory on an 0-1 pitch in the seventh. His average is down to .251, which is likely as low as it’s been in two seasons. With the All-Star game approaching and Donaldson leading the way at third base, you have to wonder if he’s pressing a bit to justify his spot on the team.

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